You’ve seen it everywhere – the Chevron motif, in muted and bold colors, sometimes exaggerated, sometimes subtle – this simple pattern comprised of a series of inverted Vs is an innovative way to incorporate texture and create pizzaz in any space.

The repeated inverted V slash pattern, commonly known as the zig-zag, traces its roots way back to art designs on earthen pottery and rock carvings, with the earliest examples found on pottery from the palace of Knossos on Crete, circa 1800 BC.

The chevron occurs in woodwork, moldings, flooring, upholstery and drapery. It can be used to make a subtle textural statement on smaller pieces like throw rugs and cushions, or as a big bold announcement with huge zig-zag slashes of color on wallpaper, curtains, carpets and furnishings.

Lending itself perfectly to today’s trend of mix’n’match, the motif creates a layering element in sophisticated design. It’s beautifully featured in Lee Jofa’s hand-woven Lariot Chevron rug and in a gorgeous Oscar De La Renta Chevron Ribbon. Schumacher shows it to stunning advantage in High Voltage Berry & Spice hand-printed cotton and linen fabric, as well as earthy shades of Smoke, Espresso and Sand.

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